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Deal meets with Reed, Braves to discuss team's departure
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ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal met Wednesday morning with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and representatives from the Atlanta Braves, primarily to discuss a transition plan for the team's move from Turner Field to new stadium to be built in Cobb County.

Deal says the mayor requested the governor to facilitate the meeting. Deal says the state is not involved in the deal.

"I am just an interested observer," Deal told 11Alive's Paul Crawley.

He said he is just happy that the team is staying in the state of Georgia.

When Crawley asked the governor about any potential Department of Transportation requests regarding traffic patterns on Interstates 75, 285 or US 41 -- all of which abut the proposed site of the estimated $672 million ballpark -- Deal said there have not been any specific requests put forward now, but he wouldn't rule out any changes down the road.

The governor said he does not anticipate any state taxpayer expense in terms of financing the ballpark. Details regarding financing of the ballpark's construction have not been disclosed, but initial announcements indicated that the Braves and Cobb County would provide financing for the new development.

The Braves announced this week that they would be leaving Atlanta's Turner Field following the 2016 season, and begin play in the new ballpark at the start of the 2017 season.

In a press conference Tuesday, Reed said he was disappointed with the team's decision, but he indicated that he would not stand in the way or fight the team's move.

The mayor said Tuesday that once the Braves departed Turner Field, the stadium, which was initially constructed for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and used as the Braves' home since 1997, would be demolished.

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF BRAVES MOVING:
* Cobb still mum on taxpayers' share for new Braves stadium
* Turner Field to be demolished after Braves leave
Fulton chairman: Keep the Braves in Fulton County
Turner Field neighbors fear "ghost town" if Braves leave, while Cobb County neighbors jumping for joy
Tom Glavine says he's happy about the possible move
Braves officials discuss new stadium during press conference
Braves president Schuerholz announces new stadium
* TEAM COVERAGE: Atlanta Braves announce plans to build new stadium
* PHOTOS  Braves building new stadium in Cobb Co.
* How old is Turner Field?
* Historic moments at Turner Field

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